Photographers have been inspired by the natural beauty and arts scene in North Adams for decades. But even if you’re not a professional photographer, you can take some stunning photos of the region this season with the right tips and tricks.
Read on to learn about our favorite outdoor photography tips and where you can snap some beautiful indoor and outdoor shots this winter no matter if you’re using a professional camera or your smartphone.
Outdoor Photography Tips
The North Adams, MA snow makes the perfect backdrop for outdoor photos. However, the white, bright landscape can also be more difficult to capture accurately in a picture than your average portrait.
Here are some outdoor photography tips that can help you nail your nature shot in North Adams:
- Hiking in North Adams, MA to get a great picture? Plan your excursion around good light, which in photography is often the beginning and end of the day.
- With a mostly white backdrop, it can be difficult to find focus for your picture. Some experts recommend switching your camera to single-point AF. Then take your main focus point, and position it over a contrast-heavy area of your snow scene.
- Research and choose the right camera settings for snow photography.
- Add a filter! Even your smartphone comes with filters that can drastically improve your photography by creating more contrast and depth.
- Remember to keep your batteries warm and carry an extra set no matter where you go.
- Use the “rule of thirds,” and imagine your photo divided into a three-by-three grid, with the horizon and important elements of the photo found within or along the lines of that grid.
Inspiration Strikes in North Adams
So, where can you take some of the best snow shots in North Adams, MA? These are some of our favorite outdoor areas to capture on film!
- Windsor Lake in North Adams, Massachusetts is one of Northern Berkshire County’s premier destinations for outdoor recreation and nature photography that’s open year-round.
Mount Greylock State Reservation
- Mount Greylock State Reservation is the highest point in Massachusetts. Rising above the surrounding Berkshire landscape, beautiful views of up to 90 miles may be seen and captured on your camera.
Natural Bridge State Park
- Natural Bridge State Park is a 48-acre park where you can see the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America, and tour an abandoned marble quarry. The running water and frozen scenery make for a picturesque photo that can’t be missed.
- Of course, we can’t forget to mention MASS MoCA. If you want an escape from the cold, a visit to MASS MoCA can help inspire your next artistic pursuit and many of the installations are fascinating to capture on film.
No matter why you come to North Adams, consider Porches Inn your home away from home. The premier Berkshires Inn places you in the heart of North Adam’s outdoor attractions and is directly across the street from MASS MoCA.